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Tom Roberts

Wasatch Mountains

Tom Roberts's Passions

Skiing
Snowboarding
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing

Tom Roberts's Bio

Growing up in Utah definitely helps when you're the outdoorsy type! Since I started skiing as a little tyke at 4 years old, I've been getting into trouble among the breathtaking mountains Utah has to offer. When I wanted to surf the world renowned powder we're known for as a teen, I decided I'd learn how to board... until I got my hands on some powder skis when I got to college.

Apart from my plank based antics in the winter, I've been hiking, backpacking, and climbing wherever I can around Utah and much of the West Coast... so long as some friends are down for a little adventure.

Tom Roberts

Tom Robertswrote a review of on February 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For years, finding the right boot that would last year after year for me was an arduous task! With some uniquely shaped feet, wide forefoot with a narrow heel, finding a boot that would give adequate heel support while offering ample room for the front of my foot to settle in was almost non-existent. Putting up with a semblance of pain was common place until Technica released their new Cochise series.

The biggest factor towards their game changing new boot is the anatomically correct fit. Whereas in past boots I had to gravitate towards those boasting a wide last width in the 103 range and suffer a bit of heel lift, the anatomical fit for the Cochise allows for my oddly wide forefoot to settle comfortably within a 99 last width boot while maintaining the heel support I need for the range of freeride skiing I enjoy!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on February 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While I had Picked the Hestra Ergo grip windstoppers as a spring ski glove, they ended out becoming one of the more versatile gloves I own. With a high performing gore windstopper membrane and sewn in articulation in the grip for added dexterity, these gloves are a perfect go to for cold weather biking!

Though they were originally going to be my gloves with the most infrequent usage only for spring skiing, these gloves turned to be the exact opposite. Seeing use from spring skiing and alpine adventures in the colder months to making cold weather commutes on my bike easier than ever!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For most backpacking treks I tend to go with a burlier tent, however that being said there are always the times when weight becomes a concern. For any and all of those backpacking adventures the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL is my go to choice! Without sacrificing on the durability factor for more demanding conditions, the Fly Creek HV UL shaves down the weight this tent will contribute to your pack enough for any light weight set up you might be wanting to roll for a given journey.

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While not necessarily the perfect shoe for every customer, the Five Ten Spitfire fits my every day needs. Form biking to casual wear and even functional as a skate shoe the spitfire has reliable grip on the sole of the shoe without causing it to be catchy. The overall build falls in the same comfort range you'd find in any other sneak you might have in your collection.

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: US 30-31

While struggling over the years to find a durable pair of pants to last me for everything from causal use to backpacking excursions, the struggle has now ended! The Vidda Pro pants are exactly what I had been needing all these years. The articulated and reinforced knees offer a better range of motion than most pants while ensuring you have a reliable construction when you find yourself randomly on a mountain or other demanding terrain.

Fjallraven's Vidda Pro comes with top performance in both technical build with their G-1000 as well as unique features to help with any adventure you might find yourself on. Reinforced knees and rear will keep those prone to tearing spots whether your scrambling up a slope or just popped a squat on a rock that's too rigid for your previous pant's material build. On top of everything, these epic pants come with an ice axe pocket for your winter adventures that can double as a map pocket, so long as you rolled it tight enough, for every kind of excursion you could want!

The Fjallraven Vidda Pros are so much of the pant I had always been looking for that I bought multiple.... and will likely buy more even if not necessary as the first pair as still trucking along as good as ever!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the same style belay device ever since I began climbing and the Mammunt crag light belay is basically a lighter version of the same. Not a factor unless taking into account overall weight of your climbing rack. For performance this ATC is an easy to use, reliable piece that wont cause any unnecessary hang ups while still providing the friction needed to keep the rope stable and slip free!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Although designed for ski racing, these gloves are capable for functioning in a multitude of activities from ski racing/touring to spring ski conditions as well as biking gloves for those colder days. With the articulated grip these gloves boast you wont need to take your gloves off when using any of your equipment as fumbling around for a grip will be a thing of the past.

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While typically avoiding wire headphones due to them getting tangled or kinked all too often, the Smile earbuds have proven to be far more resilient to issues involving any wire issues. On top of that, the earbuds boast both excellent sound quality as well as a sleek look to them. Solid choice and for the price hard not to be stoked for them.

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 23, 2017

Landvik's Quiver Killer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While I have a quiverfor the days I choose to ride two planks over one, the Lib-Tech Landvik Phoenix has done away with the need for anything on those days when surfing the Earth is calling your name.

Boasting the C2 BTX hybrid camber profile the Landvik Phoenix slays the mountain, regardless of snow pack and terrain. The rocker between the binding adds the float you desire when the snow slopes are on fire; transitioning into camber under the bindings and extending to the contact points in order to give stable grip when you find ice instead of pow.

Landvik's Phoenix comes with built in risers that give you the extra pop for those who are looking for an all-mountain free-ride board while giving those rides who have had past issues with overhang (me) a built in riser to keep your toes from digging into the ground when practicing a little "art of carving"

From pristine powder turns to your G-pulling straight lines and all the chop you'll find in between, there are few boards out there that will have you grinning ear to ear regardless of the conditions

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Look pivots have been around for a minute and with good reason! Tired of dead zones in your skis camber? Tired of watching your slide down a chute without you because it's ranges of elasticity were not up to par? Look no further than... Look (pivots).

With a smaller heel piece mounting profile than your average alpine binding, the Look Pivots wont cause the playful, poppy camber of yours to experience those dull dead zones. The added elasticity from this binding's design will keep your old friend pre-release from rearing its ugly head while on the slopes!

Being some of the most reliable bindings on the market, I mounted 3 of my set ups with them and havent looked back!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 23, 2017

America's ski!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In the wise words of Elanor Roosevelt " America is built on speed... dirty, hot, badass speed!" As with America, the Deathwish was also built on speed! One of the most mind bending profiles to ever hit the market, Moment's Deathwish has blasted through the freshies straight to our hearts and has been a crowd pleaser ever since.

With the 184cm Length mounted -2cm from true center, the Deathwish's triple camber profile is truly able to shine! The flat, drifty profile underfoot make the 112mm underfoot feel smooth without being overly cumbersome for the size. While drifting about the slopes with a proper McConkey slide, stability at higher speeds will never pose an issue as the fore and aft micro cambers will give you that needed grip when it's time to get rad and shred some GNAR!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on January 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As the saying goes "In a bamboo forest the trees grow tall and the roots twisted, but water on it's course flows effortlessly". If you wish to follow the ways of Bruce Lee while cruising around the mountains.... the 4FRNT Devastator is the ski for you! From hard pack to pow the Devastator will ski virtually anything as effortlessly as water flowing through the bamboo forest.

With the 184cm Length Devastator mounted at -2cm from true center this ski will rip groomers on par with the best carving skis out there without sacrificing stability or float once you peal out into some fresh or copped up snow.

Any skiers looking for a quiver killer of a ski, the devastator would be one to pick up, or at minimum one to keep your eye on! For everyone else, myself included, there are few skis that will handle the range of terrain and conditions these babies will.

Regardless of your skill, do yourself a favor and start skiing like water!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If clothing were like a ski quiver, this would be the quiver killer of base layers!

For every temperature condition from those bright and sunny days to the ones where your blood might just freeze over, the Airblaster Ninja Suit is one piece of gear that will help keep you in that comfortable temperature range to keep you shredding as long as possible!

With the ninja suit, you'll likely need less layers in order to maintain your preferred temperature on the slopes. Cutting down on bulk and time spent adjusting layers gives you all the more time to drop some cliffs for Heffy!

Now stop reading reviews, snag yourself a ninja suit, and get to getting at it!!!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on April 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As everyone has said, these are awesome! They are some of the most bomber bindings on the market and ones you wont have to second guess. While not my go to, that would be the FKS Duel 140, the 120 is just a capable of bindings that I use when riding my early/late season set ups and those times of year have a ton of sharks and other random terrain to snag... better have a bindings that wont go skiwampus on ya!

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on April 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

Hippy Tree's Trail Pants are some of the most versatile I've owned! The pant is one you can where to work and then go climb a mountain or explore somewhere epic after.

They have a comfortable build that allows for a wide range of movement, ideal for early spring/late fall climbing.... or just walking around.

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Tom Robertswrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 0' 0"
Weight: 0 lbs

Discrete knows how to make stylish, comfortable beanies for any given occasion or activity. For anyone who works in the Gearhead office would know, I'm almost always wearing this beanie. What can I say.... Its one favorites!

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